High-definition blu-ray hits greater heights with the arrival of the visual splendor, thundering action and towering drama of this record-setting winner of 11 Academy Awards®* including Best Picture. Charlton Heston brings a muscular physical and moral presence to his Best Actor Oscar®-winning role of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Best Director Oscar® winner William Wyler masterfully grips the reins of an enduring and spellbinding spectacular.
DISCS 1 AND 2: MOVIE
The 1959 Winner of a Record-Setting 11 Academy Awards®* – Including Best Picture, Actor (Charlton Heston) and Director (WilliamWyler) – Restored Frame by Frame from the Original 65MM Camera Negative and Remastered in Stunning 1080p High Definition for MaximumPicture and Audio Clarity
Commentary by Film Historian T. Gene Hatcher with Charlton Heston
Music-Only Track Showcasing Miklos Rozsa’s Award-Winning Score
DISC 3: SPECIAL FEATURESNEW FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
CHARLTON HESTON & BEN-HUR: A PERSONAL JOURNEY
Retrospective on the Ben-Hur Star Written and Directed by His Son Fraser C. Heston, Featuring Never-Before-Available Images and Footage from the Heston Family Archives
THE 1925 SILENT VERSION – Thames Television
Restoration with Stereophonic Orchestral Score by Carl Davis
Vintage Documentaries Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema and Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic
Ben-Hur: A Journey Through Pictures – Audiovisual Recreation
Via Stills, Storyboards, Sketches, Music and Dialogue
Highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards® Telecast
Ben-Hur (1959) - 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: El Bicho Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 12/12/2011 12:58 AM
|Warner Brothers gives William Wyler's Ben-Hur their Ultimate Collector's Edition treatment as they celebrate the film's 50th anniversary, albeit two years late, with a limited run of 125,000 copies. Based on Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, this winner of 11 Oscars comes to Blu-ray in an impressive transfer filled with extras that will keep Classic Hollywood fans engaged for hours....read the full review|
I purchased the 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray for the movie alone but this collection set did not disappoint me at all. The set includes a great book with pictures and cast bios, and also includes Mr. Heston's personal journal from when he worked on this great film! If you had to choose a movie in terms of audio and video quality this would be one of the ones to get period.
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